Conclusion: Another question came to mind while thinking about Phantasy Star 2. Is it a JRPG? At first, I thought, there’s no question, since it’s among the founders of the genre – but the modern JRPG is a far different creature from its roots. Now, JRPGs are largely character-driven, filled with sidequests and effeminate crazy men who want to take over the world. Few are as much of challenge as PS2.